V Mag's Plus-Size Models: Bold or Too Much?

Critics split on V magazine preview
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2010 12:55 PM CST
An earlier preview from Models.com of V Magazine's upcoming plus-size-only issue.   (V magazine via Models.com)

(Newser) – Images from V’s upcoming plus-size-only issue are rolling in, and responses are varied. The most recent Models.com preview showcases a spread of plus-size models ranging from practically-naked to naked-naked, and Amy Odell finds the message confusing. “Is it really that women of average-to-larger sizes are beautiful?” she writes in New York. “Or that not only are these magazines bold enough to feature larger girls, they're also bold enough to feature them nude?”

Alisa Gould-Simon, however, is more impressed—the issue “may not be moving mountains,” but it’s better than a “silent boycott of bigger bodies,” she writes in BlackBook. And, though Jezebel writer Jenna Sauers was no fan of the first previewed spread comparing a plus-size model with a “normal” model (see picture at left), this latest spread “just blew our minds,” she writes—even though it came complete with the “groaner title” of “Curves Ahead.”

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